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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

By Richard Alfieri

Directed by Patrick Spike



Auditions will be scheduled by individual appointments. Please contact Mr. Brien Patterson (Magenta / Associate Show Director)at for an approximate 10-minute appointment.

Please prepare one contemporary monologue (memorized) of five (5) minutes maximum. There may also be cold reading from the script.

Through the play, six (6) different ballroom dance styles are taught and briefly danced. Both actors can be taught the steps, but they must be good “movers” that can at least fake being experts.

CALLBACKS (those requested from the first day only.) We will be doing some scene work in pairs from the script itself.

Women: Please wear a shoe appropriate for ballroom dancing and a flowing skirt.

Men: Please wear a flexible soled shoe with a heel. Both please do any warming up for some light dance ahead of time.

Actors are all volunteer positions.



Mon/Tue/Wed 6:30-9:30pm, Sundays 10am-4pm - tentative



thursday/Friday/Sat @ 7:30pm, Sunday @ 2:00PM

10/13/23 - 10/29/23


Lily, an aging but formidable retiree, hires Michael, an acerbic dance instructor, to give her dance lessons in her condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot, and cha-cha while sharing barbs and intimacies along with the dance steps.


LILY Harrison: an aging but formidable retiree.

 An attractive woman, slim, well-coiffed and well, if conservatively dressed -
looking several years younger than her actual seventy-ish. Lily lives in her Florida condo high
rise alone, since the loss of her husband. She seeks a dance instructor secondarily to brush up
on her ballroom dance steps, and more primarily to bring in a dance partner to her life; to
connect. She is withdrawn from the world and people around her but has a sense of fun and
devil-may-care waiting to come out.

MICHAEL Minetti: an acerbic dance instructor.

An attractive man of forty-five or so, trying to look thirty-five. Far from 
paunchy, Michael wears dress slacks and a shirt clearly purchased some time ago. Michael is a
former Broadway chorus dancer who ended up in Florida due to his age, the need to take care of
his mother, and the sudden and painful break with his partner. He too is feeling somewhat lost
and is looking for a way to make some money, urgently, and also seeks to connect. His brash
style grates against Lily’s decorum at first, but his infectious personality helps bring Lily out of
her shell.

Magenta Theater is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages, as well as d/Deaf, to attend these auditions. Auditions are open to all community members and other interested individuals.

Actors are all volunteer positions.

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